On 28th April, a special party was held to celebrate the erecting of a commemorative Blue Plaque at 3 Savile Row to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles Rooftop concert.
Richard Porter, one of the committee to erect the plaque said ‘I have been guiding Beatles tours in London for over 25 years, and visit Savile Row at least 3 days a week. On nearly every tour I am asked why there is no commemoration to the Beatles on the building. I was therefore delighted when I was approached by David Rosen of Pilcher Hershman, a fellow Beatles fan who works in Savile Row, with the idea of forming a committee to put up a Blue Plaque. We got together with fellow Beatles fans, Mark Baxter of Mono Media Films, and David Stark of Songlink, to make it happen. As 3 Savile Row is a listed building, it took a long time for the plaque to be approved, but finally we were delighted to get the green light from Westminster Council.’
One of the special guests at the party was Kevin Harrington, who worked for the Beatles as their equipment manager, and famously held up the lyrics of ‘Dig A Pony’ for John Lennon to sing, as he’d forgotten the words to his own song!
Another special guest was Barry Miles, who ran Zapple Records, a part of the Beatles Apple group of companies.
It was also wonderful to see the original ‘Apple Scruffs’ – who took their position on the steps of 3 Savile Row, as they did 50 years ago..
The music entertainment was provided by Hiran De Silva and David Andrew Minchin, who had only met for the first time outside 3 Savile Row, but played wonderful renditions of Beatles songs. A highlight was the George Harrison song, Apple Scruffs, which they sand to the original Apple Scruffs.
Short speeches were giving by organisers David Stark and Richard Porter, plus Kevin Harrington and former EMI Engineer Dave Harries, who was on the roof with the Beatles in January 1969.
It was very nice party to celebrate one of the most iconic events in London’s Music History.
For more on Richard Porter’s London Beatles Walks go to https://beatlesinlondon.com/